Rattlesnake sightings in Phoenix set to resume as babies begin to leave their mothers
PHOENIX – Rattlesnakes lie in wait in the Phoenix Region and October is an active time of year for snakes as mothers enter a second mating season and their babies are on their own.
Rattlesnake Solutions did not have as many sightings in August as in previous years. However, they say that maybe because of the strong monsoon, the snakes didn’t need to travel far.
At the end of September or beginning of October, they will come out and their babies too.
“People don’t think of October and rattlesnakes, but that’s when a lot of people see them,” said Bryan Hughes of Rattlesnake Solutions.
October’s cooler weather makes it a great time to get out and hike, but on the downside, it’s also perfect weather for rattlesnakes.
There are lots of stray babies, all born in August.
“All these babies have left their mothers, so they are all crawling, and their mothers also need to eat because they were sitting while they were pregnant. They will eat, crawl, and the males are looking for these females as well because it’s the second season of love,” Hughes said.
At this time of year, he receives about 20 calls a day and he expects this to continue until the second week of November.
“So all rattlesnakes are looking for food and then they travel to where they’re going to overwinter. They do it during the day when people are more likely to encounter them,” Hughes said.
Rattlesnake Solutions receives the most calls for homes north of the 101 loop in Scottsdale, Cave Creek and Peoria.
Hughes explains that rattlesnakes generally won’t chase you if you don’t disturb them. The best advice he can give – leave it alone or leave it to the professionals.
“Don’t do anything. Leave him alone. He’s not going to chase you. He’s not going to jump in the air, he doesn’t need someone to kill him,” Hughes said.
He also says it’s a myth that baby rattlesnakes are more dangerous than adults, but are more likely to leave their home range. So if you see one at this time of year, it could most likely be a baby.
If you want to prevent the snake from returning to an area outside of its natural habitat, try to understand why the snake was attracted to your area.